Nvidia indirectly hints at Nintendo Switch 2

Nvidia indirectly hints at Nintendo Switch 2

While Nintendo is still refusing to confirm the preparation of a new Switch console, it’s on Nvidia’s side that we get some indiscretions.

New Tegra chip: rumors that are confirmed

Once again, it is Nvidia that indirectly mentions the preparation of a new version of the Switch console.

A quick reminder: the current Switch features a Tegra X1+ chip, a chip launched by Nvidia in 2015 that is precisely no longer produced by the brand other than to power Nintendo’s assembly lines. Nvidia thus calls on Nintendo to revise its machine to switch to a more modern chip, if only to free up a production line.

There were already rumors of a new Soc developed by Nvidia for Nintendo, and it was an employee of the brand who mentioned the new Soc in question, the Tegra 239.

A new Soc for Ray Tracing, 4K and DLSS

The Nintendo Switch 2 should therefore be based around this Tegra 239 which embeds an octa-core configuration. The chip had already been mentioned last year, but little info had leaked.

Nintendo Switch OLED

We now know that this Tegra 239 is a custom version of the Tegra 234 Orin chip. It will thereforeembark 8 CPU cores (ARM Cortex A78C) associated with a GPU part based on Ampere (the one that installs in the GeForce RTX 3000). This would allow the console to climb in definition with 4K at 60 FPS on tap, but more importantly also to support RTX and DLSS.

This ramp-up should make it easier for the Switch 2, if it arrives in 2023, to come to grips with the PS5 and Xbox Series. In addition, Nvidia could also try to integrate some new features brought within its Ada Lovelace architecture within its SoC to give a little taste of RTX 4000 to Nintendo’s handheld.

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